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How to run your own private PRISM program like the NSA

Why should the NSA have all the surveillance fun? Its PRISM spy software is built into a wide variety of tools available to everybody.

British intelligence tapping fiber-optic cables for massive amounts of data

More secret NSA documents leaked by Edward Snowden suggest that the U.S. agency's British counterpart intercepts petabytes worth of communication data daily from fiber-optic cables.

NSA can retain encrypted communications of Americans possibly indefinitely

The National Security Agency can retain communications of U.S. citizens or residents potentially indefinitely if those communications are encrypted, according to a newly leaked secret government document.

Report: NSA is one of Big Tech's best customers

The U.S. government is one of the largest customers of data analytics from tech firms, and the National Security Agency has recruited a top security officer from Facebook, according to a report in the New York Times.

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French privacy authority gives Google 3 months to change its ways

France's data protection authority has given Google three months to change the way it handles users' private data, or face legal sanctions.

Google Glass panic triggers rise in facial-recognition blockers

Researchers in Japan have come up with a novel way to keep your face out of other people’s snapshots taken on digital cameras, smartphones, and possibly Google Glass.

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FBI director defends phone surveillance program

A telephone records surveillance program run by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and National Security Agency raises serious privacy concerns and should be reined in, some U.S. senators said Wednesday.

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Google asks to make surveillance orders public, citing First Amendment

Google has asked the court overseeing terrorism-related surveillance programs at the National Security Agency to allow the company to publish information on the number of surveillance requests it receives.

A low-tech way to avoid NSA spying

Concerned that your messages are being monitored? Kerry Davis has a tip sure to confound NSA snoops.

Snowden: NSA can access data without court approval

Analysts at the U.S. National Security Agency can gain access to the content of U.S. targets' phone calls and email messages without court orders, NSA leaker Edward Snowden said, contradicting denials from U.S. government sources.

UK spy agency reportedly intercepted email of delegates at G20 meetings in 2009

British intelligence agency Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) reportedly intercepted the electronic communications of foreign politicians during G20 meetings that took place in London in 2009.

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Prism doesn't have CIOs in a panic -- yet

Revelations over the U.S. National Security Agency's Prism surveillance program have much of the general public in uproar, but in terms of the controversy's impact to enterprise IT, some CIOs have measured, albeit watchful reactions.

Facebook, Microsoft disclose FISA requests, sort of

Both Facebook and Microsoft asked for and received permission to disclose FISA and other government requests for information following the Prism scandal.

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Does encryption really shield you from government's prying eyes?

Encrypting data may not guard against surveillance, some experts say, while others argue in favor of taking steps to protect privacy.

Robbery suspect asks NSA for phone records to prove his innocence

A Florida man accused of armored truck robberies is calling on the NSA to help establish his alibi—and innocence.

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Even before NSA scandal, US residents were anxious about privacy breaches

Even before bombshell disclosures of the U.S. government's massive collection of Internet and cellphone data, many U.S. residents were very concerned about privacy violations.